Monday, 30 April 2012

Play Date Cafe Challenge #129

I don't get to play the PDC challenge very often.  I'm usually caught out by the early finish of Tuesday lol.

The challenge is to use the colours dusk, magenta and seedling, and the photo

So here's my card

I've had these stamps a good while but this is the first time that they've been inked up.  I used an edgeability die for the border.  I wanted something a bit different to the standard Nestabilities, this looks more like Swiss cheese lol

I stamped the images onto card and cut them out.  Even though they are flat onto the background paper there is still dimension plus I added a pale grey shadow to the left hand side of the images

I stamped the sentiment directly onto the paper

Materials used

Stamps from Molly Blooms
Sentiment stamp unknown
Memento ink pad
Spellbinder's Edgeability die from the classic scallop set
white gel pen
Papers from stash

Pink and Green part 2

This is my second card using pink and green and it will be in the following challenges

Paper Pretties Monday challenge #36  to use pink and green

Paper Pretties Wednesday challenge #203  Clean and simple

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge #137  Based around the scripture Jeremiah 17:8 to create a card using green and/or something that is planted

I stamped the flower three times and then cut them down to arrange them all going off the page

Most times when I use this stamp I stamp it onto paper as I think it looks really pretty used this way

A stamped sentiment to finish it off

Materials used

Paper from stash
Stampendous Ruffled Bloom stamp
Sentiment stamp is a magazine freebie
Memento ink pad 

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Pink and Green part 1

I've made two cards today and they are both pink and green so they'll both be in more than one challenge. I have cased the design from a card that I saw on Friday at a craft show using a Dimension Stamp

My first card will be in

Divas by Design challenge #32  which is for buttons and/or bows.  I hope that this card is acceptable for the challenge having just one button and a knot pretending to be a bow lol they are also digi images not 3D

Paper Pretties Monday challenge #36 to use the colours pink and green

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #137  based around Jeremiah 17:8 to use green and/or something that is planted

I stamped the heart onto various scraps of paper from Nitwits collections and cut them out then used 3D gel to attach them to the card

The button does look more dimensional in real life, maybe I should have added thread before attaching it to the card. 

I love this cotton twill "ribbon" and wish that I could tie a real knot as good

I used the same papers to mount the sentiment as on the background, inking all the papers around the edges

Materials used

Nitwits papers and embellishments  
Sentiment by Polka Doodles
Memento inks
Heart stamp from the Ippity Devoted set
Pinflair 3D gel

Thursday, 26 April 2012

A Card for Erin

This is the birthday card that I have made for my Great-Niece (ooh! that makes me feel really old lol) Erin for her first birthday, next month

I am entering it into the following challenges

Crafty Sentiments  a card for a child

Crafty Creations  a card for a little girl

This is a big card, 8" x 8"  I've not made one in this size for a long time.  I'll have to make an envelobox for it as it's quite deep with the decoupage

I enjoy making the background papers with the child's name and age on it

The images didn't look right at first when I placed them on the pink but thanks to my trusty Cuttlebug and a couple of embossing folders they turned out quite good

Materials used

PC generated background and numeral
Jolly Nation decoupage and matching DP
Pinflair gel
Cuttlebug with birthday and numbers embossing folders
Spellbinder's Nestabilities dies Label #1

Summer Flowers

I'm entering this card into four challenges

Crafty Individuals  time for summer

Whimsy Stamps challenge #36 to use distressing.  I have inked all the edges of my papers and card

I Love ProMarkers challenge #114  to have a floral image as the focal point

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge #136 based around Psalm 119:105 the card to be light, using pastel colours

These two stamps were together on one plate but I separated  them so that I could use them individually too

The Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge said to use pastels, which I have, but because of the detail on the stamp the blue looks quite dark

I used a peel off for the sentiment directly on to the card as I didn't want to cover up more of the background which was pre-printed.  It was only when I was putting my label on the back that I noticed the manufacturer's name, Studio Light.  So even that fits with SSIC challenge lol

Materials used

Base card by Studio Light
Crafty Individuals stamps CI-185
Black Memento ink pad
Desert Sand Memento ink pad for the distressing
3D foam pads
Peel off from Craft Creations

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Less is More #64

I'm entering this card into three challenges

Less is More #64 to use a charm

The Pink Elephant #145 to use yellow

ABC Christmas H for hardware, use something metal

Not a Pink Elephant, but he is wearing yellow :o)

The last of my Christmas charms.  I'll have to get some more at Aintree on Friday :o) I love going to craft shows so I'll be making a list tomorrow

I only used this on one card last Christmas, I must use it again for this year as I enjoyed colouring it in

Materials used

Humphrey's corner stamp which was a magazine freebie last year
LOTV green background paper
Charm and brad from stash
Memento ink pad
White gel pen

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Take a Letter

The Divas by Design challenge 31 is anything but a card.  I'm also entering it into

Word Art Wednesday #24 which is to use the scriptural word art provided or any other scriptural or inspirational quote

I bought a desk top storage system from Asda for the grand sum of £4.00 and I've altered the letter rack for these two challenges.

 My inspiration for this came from a design by Susan Wherry in the May issue of Craft Stamper magazine

I did consider decorating it with letters but that would be too corny even for me lol

When I glued the decorated card to the letter rack I used paper clips to hold it all together while it dried but, unfortunately, they have left indents but as it's just for me I can live with it :o)

The original project was done using botanical imagery which I was going to use but decided to add my own touch by using flourishes.  Edged the flat edges with a Promarker and distressed the edges with the Memento ink

The rack with the rest of the storage system which I am now going to have to decorate too

Materials used

Rack from Asda
White acrylic paint
Stamps from Crafty Individuals CI=207
Dreams by Debbie Moore
Stazon black ink
Memento Danube Blue
Watercolour paints
Windsor and Newton Iridescent medium
Promarker china blue

Creative Card Crew Ribbon challenge DT card

This is the card that I've made for our challenge at The Creative Card Crew

We are sponsored by The Paper Shelter who are very kindly giving a $20 gift voucher to our random winner.  There are lots of fabulous images available both coloured and uncoloured

 I chose to use the Cute Dressmaker pre-coloured image, back ground paper and label as I love the colours that have been used

Not a bad match with the colour of the stamped sentiment on the label

I didn't want to do the usual ribbon embellishment and remembered that I had some flower ribbon in my stash.  It was certainly meant to be as the colour is a perfect match and flowers themselves match into the backing paper and the dress.  I had some left over so I snipped them apart and scattered them in the background.  I printed the dressmaker twice so that I could layer it up

Materials used

Images and backgrounds from The Paper Shelter
Memento ink pad
Stamp from a Create and Craft kit
Ribbon from stash
Pinflair 3D gel 

Monday, 23 April 2012

ABC challenge N

I've made this card for my nephew's birthday next month.  I'm entering it into the ABC N for neutral challenge

This isn't a stamp that I would have gone out to buy but it was included in the latest Docrafts grab bag.  This is the second one that I've bought and they really are good value for the money, even taking into account the items that I know I won't use

The stamp is designed by Michael Powell and you can take a look at his stamps and cross-stitch designs HERE

I'm really pleased with the way this has turned out and I will definitely use it again.  I might try full colour next time 

Materials used

Cardstock from stash
Michael Powell Tall Urban stamp
Happy Birthday stamp from a Create and Craft kit
Versafine vintage sepia for the stamps
Memento rich cocoa for edging the layers
Woodware paper trimmer using the rhythm blade

Friday, 20 April 2012

Allsorts #150

The challenge over at Allsorts is to use buttons and threads

I'm also entering it into the Paper Pretties Wednesday challenge a card for a girl

The majority of this card has been made using elements from the Nitwits Thimbles and Threads collection 

The banner is a Nitwit stamp that was a magazine freebie but I don't know which collection it comes from.  I used Memento ink pad in Rhubarb Stalk (my all time favourite colour of all my ink pads) and the sentiment is a Country Companions stamp.  With real buttons and thread

Such cute images just right for decoupage

I used four of the background papers to do the patchwork background and my Tanda stitches stamp, again using the Rhubarb Stalk inkpad

Some faux buttons

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Less is More #63

This week at Less is More #63 the challenge is for a one layer card but with a twist of doodling

I'm pleased with how I've coloured the stamp for this card.  It's not usually as good as this lol

The first of my doodles, the birds

My second lot of doodling doesn't really show up very well.  I added some more water by using a fine nib Promarker and dabbing it on to the card

Materials used

Image stamp from Stampscape
Sentiment stamp is part of a set that I received for my birthday from a friend but there is no manufacture's name on the packaging.  All I know is that it is a QVC set
Memento ink pads
Promarkers with fine nib attachments

Catch the Bug challenge

The challenge this week at Catch the Bug is a photo inspiration one, and here is the photo

and my card

I love this image but I don't know the stamp designer.  I received several of these in a stamped image swap but there is no ID on the back

It's lovely to colour, especially with my Promarkers, and decoupage

Showing the layers

I edged all the papers very softly so as not to distract the eye from the papers

Materials used

Stamp unknown
Papers from Making Cards magazine
Memento ink pad
Pinflair Gel

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

White on White

I have made this card to be entered into the following two challenges

I Love Promarkers #112 which is to be white on white but with a touch of Promarkers  and

Paper Pretties Monday challenge #35  to use embossing, dry or heated, I've used both to be on the safe side lol

The stamped embossing shows up more "in the flesh" with just a tiny bit of Midnight Blue

I don't know how I'd manage without my embossing folders now

Materials used

Kings of the Orient stamp by Stamp It
Versamark ink pad
Stamp 'n'Stuff embossing powder
Midnight blue Promarker
3D foam pads

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #135

As the title says these cards are for the SSIC challenge #135
As always the challenge is inspired by scripture, this one being Colossians 1:27b and we are challenged to be transparent

I'm making my cards 2 by 2 of late lol  Just as easy making two the same providing that they're not heavily laden with embellishments

Even though the depth from the card to the peel offs is exactly the same as if I had omitted the acetate, it's surprising that the acetate makes such a difference to the appearance

You can see the shadows of the stars and baubles on the card and, of course the acetate catches the light and adds a bit more life to the design

The materials used are very few, base card, acetate, peel offs and 3D foam pads, all from my stash.  I can't even tell you the name of the manufacturer of the peel offs as it doesn't say on the sheet

Monday, 16 April 2012

ABC Christmas G for Gold

Gradually catching up with the target I have set myself with my Christmas cards

This card is for the ABC Christmas G for gold challenge

Once that I'd decided on my design it didn't take very long to put it together.  Definitely a design for mass production

I embossed the base card which has given the card added depth

I forgot to use an anti-static bag and a few bits of embossing powder are where they shouldn't be!

Materials used

Kings of Orient rubber stamp by Stamp It
Versamark ink pad
Heat It Up gold embossing powder
3D pads
Cuttle bug embossing folder